asbjoernt asked: So if I had an idea for a t-shirt, where would I put it?
On Tumblr! Most of the awesome shirts by nerdfighters or the internet at large that we want to make real things are found under the #dftba and #dftba records tags on Tumblr.
If you do have an idea for a shirt, please make sure it is a vector file and less than five colors, and we’ll find it!
PRO TIP for all nerdfighters/designers who submit their art via tumblr for DFTBA shirts and stuff… we can only print solid colors on shirts, no gradients or “shading”. And the fewer colors the better. More colors take longer to manufacture and cost way more to manufacture as we use a family-owned screenprinter who screenprints each shirt individually. And each color adds another screen that needs to be manufactured and another pass that needs to be made on each shirt. This makes for very high quality prints that last through years of laundry cycles, but it is slower and more costly.
Posters are full-color though, so go crazy with those designs.
Just make sure everything you design is in vector so we can scale it to any product/size we might require in the future.
Also, thank you! A good number of the shirts we’ve released in the past have come from me and Hank and John all tracking and finding great stuff in the #dftba tag. And I love it when we print shirts designed by nerdfighters… the community gets great swag, the designer makes some good money to help pay for school or rent and food, and we get to continue doing awesome stuff with new awesome people.
DFTBA Newsletter From John Green
Hi there, nerds.
1. You may remember that in January of last year we were able to make a special edition audiobook of The Fault in Our Stars narrated by me accompanied by, among other things, a DVD containing videos of me discussing the book. Well, it’s back! Preorder the second edition of the TFiOS audiobook now and it will ship to you in about a month (it takes a while to make all those fancy boxes).
2. All is well in the new DFTBA warehouse and fulfillment outlet in Missoula, Montana, which used to be a daycare center. With wall murals depicting sunshine and rainbows, it is the happiest warehouse on earth, although admittedly that is a low bar to jump over.
3. As it is summer (at least in the northern hemisphere), you may be receiving pressure to leave the Internet and go outside on occasion. And when you are outside, you may need to protect yourself from the searing heat of the sun. I recommend sunscreen and also CLOTHES. We have many great shirts at the moment: You can show off your love for Gatsby with Daisy Buchanan Thinks You’re a Beautiful Fool, or your love of corgis with thefrogman’s corgi shirt. Whether you want to share your love of The Brain Scoop or Periodic Videos or Minute Physics or Sanditon or bacon or corndogs that aren’t really corndogs, we’ve got you covered.
4. Also, if you are going to leave the house, you may wish to protect your neck with necklaces (or your butt with buttons?). I really love Karen Kavett’s handmade dftba necklaces. And lovers of obscure punctuation will enjoy Kavett’s lovely handmade interrobang necklace.
5. But maybe after careful analysis you don’t want to go outside because your room is so magnificently climate controlled. Fear not: We have posters to make life in your room more enjoyable. Check out the Lizzie Bennet Flowchart or this Squaresville poster or this TFiOS one or Keep Calm and DFTBA or just browse our entire selection of posters.
6. And lastly: Perhaps you are looking for a present. Might I recommend An Autographed Thing? You can order signed copies of Alex Day’s new album, or signed items by Dave Days, Nice Peter, The Brain Scoop team, Hank, or myself. You can find all that here.
7. Thanks, and as we say in my hometown: DFTBA.